- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - A new Seattle church wants to buy a steam-powered paddle-wheeler for retreats, worship, counseling and conferences.

The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/4bm9YV ) the owners of the 138-foot Queen of Seattle have agreed to sell the vessel for $250,000 to A Walk With Jesus Church.

The vessel has been used by Alaska Travel Adventures for tours in Seattle and Alaska since purchasing the paddle-wheeler in 2005.

The travel company has agreed to give the church six months to pay for the boat, which is moored at Lake Union Drydock.

The small church was started a year ago by Pastor Steve Brown.

He says when he saw the boat in a Seattle Times article last month, he had a powerful sense that his church could use it to benefit the community.

The steel-hulled boat, built in Sacramento in 1984, can carry up to 400 passengers and has the classic “floating wedding cake” look of paddle-wheel riverboats of a bygone era.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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